• “We cordially invite you to be Mayberry’s guest of honor for the day.” –Andy Taylor

    There are plenty of Mayberry, North Carolina sights and sounds to see in Mount Airy and surrounding areas. But there’s more extending beyond The Andy Griffith Show, from the Round Peak-style of old-time string music and old-time dances to the 19th century Siamese Twins and the century-old farm on nearby Horne Creek Farm.

    Fun activities for all ages...


Attractions - Historic

Edwards-Franklin House
N 36° 27.282 W 080° 49.150

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8359

The Edwards-Franklin House was built in 1799 by Gideon Edwards, a local leading planter and state senator. Later, Meshack Franklin, a landowner, politician, and member of Congress, occupied the home. Franklin remolded the home in the Federal style of the 1820s, which included decorative painting meant to imitate marble on the paneling, mantels, and staircase. The house is open to visitors the second Saturday and Sunday during April through September, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.


Gertrude Smith House
708 N. Main Street

Mount Airy  NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-6856

The historic Gertrude Smith House was built by merchant and landowner Jefferson Davis Smith around the turn of the century.  This Victorian-style home contains period furnishings and is listed on National Register of Historic Places. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April-December. There is no admission charge.

Jefferson Davis Smith was a local merchant and landowner who operated a general store, several farms, and numerous rental properties. After his death in the 1930s, his daughter Gertrude moved back to the Smith family home and assumed management of the family businesses. Gertrude was an interior decorator who was educated at Parson’s School of Design in New York City and was employeed by two prestigious NYC decorating firms. She used her decorating talents when she moved back to Mount Airy by updating and enlargming her childhood home and filling it with beautiful art and antiques. She continued her career in Mount Airy, decorating many of the interiors of the homes in the area. Gertrude’s brother, Dr. Robert Smith, collected much of the artwork in his world travels, including serving during World War II.
Gertrude was also involved in historic preservation locally and was one of the charter members of the Mount Airy Restoration Foundation. It was her passion for preservation that caused her to form the Gilmer-Smith Foundation, and the foundation’s board of directors oversees the perpetual care of the home. When Gertrude died in 1981, she willed that the home be left as a “living museum.”

A tour of the home gives visitors the feeling that the Smith family just walked out the back door moments earlier. Furnishings, accessories, and artwork are displayed just as they were when the Smith family lived there. Even the dining room table is set with Miss Gertrude’s china and crystal. Personal items are placed throughout the home for all who come to visit to appreciate, relish, and enjoy.

The beautiful yard contains trees and shrubs planted decades ago. Giant oak and ash trees, along with fruit and nut trees, redbuds, and dogwoods, are among the original plantings. Vintage shrubs such as forsythia, scotchbroom, spirea, lilac, and winter honeysuckle are woven throughout the Victorian landscape.

 


Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (800) 286-6193

arts@surryarts.org

Built in 1938, the Earle Theatre has remained much the same as it did in the 1930s. The old-time music heritage hall is open daily until 3 p.m. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. is a free bluegrass/old-time jam session – anyone is welcome to bring an instrument and join in the fun! The Earle Theatre is also home to the second-longest-running live radio show in the nation, broadcast on WPAQ 740 AM – the Merry-Go-Round show, every Saturday at 11 a.m. for $5 per person, with a jam session after the show.
The Earle also still shows movies throughout the year. Call 336-786-2222 for features and show times.


Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
308 Horne Creek Farm Rd.

Pinnacle NC

Local Phone: (336) 325-2298

hornecreek@ncdcr.gov

Horne Creek is a North Carolina Historic site portraying life of Piedmont families in the early 1990s. The farm was owned by the Hauser family and is much like it was in the early 1900s with the family’s original farm house, tobacco curing bar, and corn crib. Adjacent to the farm house is a heirloom garden and field crops, endangered breeds of animals, and an apple orchard. The farm is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


J.E.B. Stuart Historical Birthplace
1091 Ararat Highway

Virginia NC

Local Phone: (276) 251-1833

laurelhill@jebstuart.org

Once the stomping ground of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, the birthplace of the Civil War general is located six miles away from Mount Airy in Ararat, Va. The property was the site of the house where Confederate Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart was born on February 6, 1833. J.E.B. Laurel Hill is open dawn to dusk for self-guided tours of the property.


LuRosa Atkins Manor Tour Home
1002 South Franklin Road

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-786-9122

Tour LuRosa Atkins Manor in Mount Airy, NC, a historic 150-year-old home located on South Franklin Road and filled with beautiful antiques, collections, and stained glass windows created by the owner. Attractions in the home include stained glass windows, stained glass counter tops, a rose window, a 7′ Canterbury Tales Window, Western Relic, Antiques, and much more! The owners are April and Ed Atkins. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The home is closed from December 20 through Feb. 1 each year. Walk-ins and groups are welcome!
Call 336-786-9122 for more information.
Directions:
Traveling south on Hwy 601/Rockford Street: Turn right on Forrest Drive. Go to Stop Sign and take a RIGHT. Home is 3rd house on left.
Traveling on West Pine Street/Hwy 89 – Turn at Hardee’s onto South Franklin Road. Home will be on the right, about 2 miles. If you reach Forrest Drive, you have gone too far.


Mabry Mill
266 Mabry Mill Rd.

Meadows of Dan VA

Local Phone: (276) 952-2947

mabrymill@swva.net

Located at milepost 176, Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The century-old gristmill was built in 1910 and provides old-time heritage demonstrations. Mabry Mill is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the last weekend in April throughout October. The nearby Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop is open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily from April through October.


Mayberry Mules and Wagon Rides

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 710-2783

Every Saturday (except during the winter), visitors to downtown Mount Airy enjoy a stress free and slow tour of downtown Mount Airy by horse and buggy provided by Mayberry Mules and Wagon Rides. Tours are only on Saturdays and participants are encouraged to call ahead to ensure the rides are not canceled due to inclement weather.


Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
301 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4478

mamrh@northcarolinamuseum.org

The museum’s collections include a history of the Saura Indians of the 1600s, the story of the world’s largest open-face granite quarry, the Yadkin River, the original Siamese Twins, Andy Griffith, Tommy Jarrell, transportation, and the history of Mount Airy and surrounding communities. A new exhibit shows the luthier art form – instrument making. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m in the late fall/winter and will be open in spring and summer 7 days per week. Please call ahead for exact hours and visit the website for more information. Groups should call ahead to arrange for a guided tour.


North Carolina Civil War Trails

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone:

On a raid through Western North Carolina, General Stoneman’s U.S. cavalry passed through the area in April of 1865. A Civil War Trail Marker sits in front of several sites in Surry County, including historic York Tavern in Rockford, Elkin Library, and Reeves Plantation Site, Hardy Road, Siloam. Visit ww.civilwartrails.org for more information.


Old City Jail
215 City Hall St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (800) 948-0949

The Old City Jail is a local recreation of “the Courthouse” seen in so many episodes of the popular television series The Andy Griffith Show. The Old City Jail was Mount Airy’s real jail for many years. The vintage 1962 Ford Galaxie squad car sitting out front lets you know the defenders of Mayberry are never far away. The former jail is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is closed on Saturday and Sunday.


Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Earle Theatre
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (800) 286-6193

arts@surryarts.org

The Surry Arts Council showcases the UNC-TV Folkways documentary, “Folkways: Music of Surry County,” on a loop, which reveals why the intense, bluesy, fiddle-driven music of Surry County has become known from around the world. Old-time exhibits and audio tours are available, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.


Rockford General Store
5174 Rockford Rd.

Dobson NC

Local Phone: (336) 374-5317

storemail@rockfordgeneralstore.com

Rockford General Store has been in operation since 1890 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This old-timey store features over 200 kinds of candies along with old-fashioned candy jars and glass-bottled drinks. Stop by the store to pick up a package for your self -guided walking tour of the historic village. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.


Siamese Twins Exhibit
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (800) 286-6193

arts@surryarts.org

The original Siamese Twins made their home in Surry County and are buried in nearby White Plains, six miles south of Mount Airy. During the early 1800s, the connected twins toured the United States and Europe under the auspices of Scottish trader Robert Hunter and New England sea captain Abel Coffin. They later toured again after the Civil War.


Village of Rockford
5174 Rockford Rd.

Dobson NC

Local Phone: (877) 999-8390

Established in 1789, Rockford is on the National Register of Historic Districts, and is a glimpse into a life that bustled with hotels, taverns, mills and general stores. Once the county seat of Surry County, there are several historic structures and attractions to visit, such as Rockford General Store, Yadkin River Adventures, Rockford Inn Bed and Breakfast, and the Rockford Methodist Church and its fresco “Come Unto Me” by Tony Griffin.


Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn
203 W. Main St.

Pilot Mountain NC

Local Phone: 336-368-1183

vintageroseweddingestate@yahoo.com

Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn is situated in downtown Pilot Mountain, 20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy. This is the former Dr. Flippen’s Bed and Breakfast, with the same owners and many updates.

The Vintage Rose Inn offers five spacious suites to accommodate the wedding party, family members, or out-of-town guests in a warm but elegant atmosphere featuring heart pine floors, large Victorian sofas, heirloom rugs and primitive artwork. There is also a private cottage. Spacious air-conditioned suites offer hand carved mahogany beds, fine linens, breathtaking crystal chandeliers, and private baths with dressing areas. A gourmet breakfast is included, served in the dining room.

Vintage Rose offers a Grand Parlour built in 1907, with a private bridal suite and groom’s study. Original hardwood floors, bead board ceilings, ornate crown moldings and 8 original fireplaces exude elegant Victorian charm. The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

Built in the foothills area of North Carolina in 1896, the 100-seat Chapel is refurbished with an emphasis on maintaining the unique character and integrity of the era.
The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

The rose garden, featuring 150 heirloom roses, is the perfect setting for bridal portraits or engagement photos.


William Alfred Moore House
202 Moore Ave.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4512

The William Alfred Moore House was built in 1860 and is the earliest known structure remaining in the town of Mount Airy. The house exhibits a combination of Victorian and Italianate stylistic features and on the interior, Greek Revival features. Matthew Moore, William Alfred Moore’s grandfather, served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War Militia. Tours can be arranged by appointment.